Meet the estate agents letting and selling homes in the Cotswolds
PUBLISHED: 22:18 05 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:06 06 February 2019
The task of selling or renting out your home is no mean feat and choosing which estate agent can seem just as overwhelming. We talk to 9 estate agents in the Cotswolds who can help
Alexandra Turnbull, Lettings Manager at Hayman-Joyce
Address: High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0AX
Tel: 01608 653606
“Not everyone can say they really love their job and so I count myself very lucky to be one of the few who can.
“I have been the Lettings Manager at Hayman-Joyce for the past four years and last year oversaw another hugely successful and record-breaking year for our ARLA Propertymark Protected team.
“Lucy, Emma, Camilla, Gill and I work confidently together to ensure all our clients get the very best service and advice from our combined local knowledge, connections and professionalism.We manage the whole lettings process in-house, therefore keeping complete control and enabling us to deliver exemplary service to our landlords.
“Managing the lettings team is more than a nine to five job. I pride myself in my commitment to this and believe it goes a long way towards our success.
I love being in the beautiful Cotswold countryside around my home in Aston-Sub-Edge. I have a passion for food and love entertaining family and friends.”
Ian Street (MRICS), runs the Cirencester office for Hamptons International
“There is an atmosphere of longevity about this area. I’ve lived here for more than forty years because it’s a very appealing part of the world. Most of our clients feel the same way.
“We understand that the process of moving is complicated - for both sides - and we like to build long term relationships. Being married with four daughters, and two rescue Labradors, I know first-hand that finding the right house can take time.
“Hamptons International has been at the heart of the property market since 1869, helping people find their perfect home. There hasn’t been a single year without challenges and triumphs in my 33 years as an agent in the Cotswolds and 2019 will be no different. We have no reason for unusual concern because life evolves and needs change, so people will always need to move house and the cliché is true: there is no place like home.”
Mark Annett, Mark Annett & Company
“I am a Chartered Surveyor, practicing as an Estate Agent and I have been in this business now for 42 years, during which time I have seen many changes both in terms of market conditions as well as in ethos and working practices.
“The move from manual to digital has been tremendous and with modern techniques and technology one looks back in wonder at how we managed in my earlier days.
“Despite the online introduction of new methods I still see how important the so called ‘old fashioned straight forward approach’ backed up by ‘honesty and integrity’ is. So much of our business has been built on recommendation and the perception of impeccable first rate service. On this basis we offer a professional and personal multi disciplined property service synonymous with quality, not just in the calibre of the property we sell, but also in the professional style with which we handle our buyers and sellers.
“We are a leading Estate Agent in this region drawing buyers internationally, nationally and locally - a feature of selling through Mark Annett & Company is the wide area from which we are able to attract buyers. We are well known in the Cotswolds and adjoining counties for firm, honest, reliable and realistic advice on all property related matters and at the same time building good client relationships – a no nonsense traditional approach to business.
“We offer a 7 day a week service and we know our patch inside out, never losing sight of who we are working for. We flourish on hard work, attention to detail, experience and excellent communication. We pride ourselves in a job well done.”
Sam Butler FRICS, Senior Partner of Butler Sherborn LLP
• 43/45 Castle Street, Cirencester, GL7 1QD / 01285 883740
• Vine House, 2 High Street, Burford, Oxon, OX18 4RR / 01993 822325
• Parkland House, Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ / 01451 830731
• The London Office, 40 St James’s Place, London SW1 / 0207 839 0888
Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, The Cotswolds Property Specialist, founded the firm 27 years ago and continues to lead the Agency, Lettings and Rural teams across the 3 offices in The Cotswolds, Cirencester, Burford and Stow-on-the -Wold. Raised in the area, and after a period as a partner of a national firm in London, Sam lives near Lechlade, and is based in the Cirencester office. Sam is dynamic, driven and motivated to do always what is in the best interest of his clients.
Butler Sherborn, The Cotswolds Property Specialist, is a local independent agency, providing residential sales and lettings advice. In addition, it offers specialist strategic advice encompassing farm agency, land and property management; equestrian; energy and all aspects of professional valuation.
Elizabeth D’Allemagne, Head of Residential Agency is based in the Stow-on-the -Wold office; Vanessa Carter is Head of Lettings in Burford; Richard Greasby, Head of Rural, is based in Cirencester and Ben Way is Head of Equestrian.
Butler Sherborn’s ethos is reflected in its loyalty to every client and complete commitment to the work undertaken for them. The firm is passionate about the Cotswolds, growing its success, supporting local causes and contributing to the life of the area. It believes this appreciation of the region, coupled with its in depth local knowledge, informs its success.
Sam Butler comments, “The current residential property market continues to suffer from the damaging effects of SDLT and uncertainty surrounding Brexit. However, the start of 2019 has been encouraging with twice the number of appraisals undertaken so far, compared with the same period in 2017 and 2018.”
Should you need any property advice, contact Sam Butler 01285 883740
Phillip Bishop MNAEA, Perry Bishop and Chambers
Address: Six branches serving Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire plus a London office
Head office: 2 Silver Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BL / 01285 655355.
Phillip Bishop is the Managing Director of Perry Bishop and Chambers and has been working in estate agency for just under 30 years. He first developed a taste for the business at the age of just 15, when he did a week’s work experience for Hobbs & Chambers in Faringdon. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Perry Bishop and Chambers, the agency that he set up with Ian Perry and Peter Chambers. Phillip is passionate about doing estate agency with integrity. By delivering superior marketing and exceptional customer service and employing the latest innovations in technology, his aim is to ensure that people on the move across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire enjoy the best possible experience and secure the best possible price for their property. Based in Perry Bishop’s Cirencester office, Phillip also lives in the town with his wife, two children and black Labrador Ella.
Rupert Wakley, Head of Stow-on-the-Wold at Knight Frank
Having previously been a National Hunt jockey, Rupert will be celebrating 15 years with Knight Frank this August. Before the opening of the Stow office, he worked in the Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon offices for Knight Frank.
Rupert’s ethos within the office is to provide an exceptional service for the clients, whilst having fun as a team. Rupert believes the strength of Knight Frank is being part of a partnership and the internal sharing of information, buyers and services. The 30 Knight Frank offices in London continue to feed us buyers and over the past 12 months this has provided 47% of our buyers. We have also seen an increase in overseas buyers taking advantage of the weaker pound (approximately 25%), these buyers are being channelled through our representation in 60 countries worldwide. This coverage accompanied with a team in Stow-on-the-Wold who are passionate about their service to their clients is the reason they are the leading agent between £500,000 and £5million in the North Cotswolds in both market share and more importantly sold properties over the past 12 months (taken from Rightmove).
Rupert’s tips for a successful sale:
1. Instruct a proactive solicitor as early as possible in the process.
2. Be realistic on a guide price.
3. Choose an agent who has recent track record and features similar styled properties in their portfolio.
Sam Scott-White, Cotswold Buying Agent
Telephone: 07733 232822
“I have worked in property since 1998, firstly as an estate agent in London, then Cirencester and since 2010 I have been an independent buying agent. I set up Cotswold Buying Agent at the end of last year. I am passionate about property and I get to see the most stunning houses and I have great relationships with all the estate agents, many of whom I have worked with or known for many years.
“Buyers say things to me like: I haven’t got the time to view properties. I haven’t bought a property for years and feel at a loss. I don’t fully understand the process or estate agents don’t take me seriously. I can remove these anxieties, take the hard slog off their hands, reduce the risk factor, negotiate and save money where possible.
‘Why wouldn’t you engage a professional buying agent?’ asks Sam. “The seller has the estate agent to protect their interests, it’s only sensible that the buyer has an agent to protect their interests too. I make lasting and trusting relationships with my buyers.
Sam is excited about the future, ‘It is immensely satisfying working for oneself, my commitment is wholehearted, and I have every reason to do my utmost for my clients.”
Sebastian Hipwood, Head of Office at Savills Cirencester
Address: 1 Castle Street, Market Place, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1QD
Tel: 01285 627 550
With offices in Cirencester, Cheltenham, Stow-on-the-Wold, Banbury and Oxford, Savills has the Cotswolds covered. The team are ambassadors for the area, providing market-leading expertise alongside genuine passion for the part of the world in which they live and work.
A property expert through-and-through, Sebastian Hipwood cut his teeth in the capital, working for Savills Fulham for five years. But, having been born and bred in the Cotswolds, he was destined to return to the area and now runs Savills Cirencester. He lives in Badminton with his wife and baby son.
Sebastian is confident about the shape of the market in 2019: “The Cotswolds has enduring appeal, and the market is robust. Despite the uncertainty nationally, buyers and sellers are active here, and deals are being done.”
Savills specialises in best-in-class property, regardless of price. With a reputation for providing outstanding service, whether you are buying or selling in the Cotswolds, its expert team can help.
Tom Hayman-Joyce, Hayman-Joyce, North Cotswolds
Address: High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0AX
Telephone: 01608 651188
“I absolutely love the Cotswolds and everything it offers. I feel privileged to live and work in this beautiful place with such wonderful people. Our team at Hayman-Joyce is exceptional, we are multi-award winning and have a five-star Google review rating.
“My primary focus is to build and further develop our team, to ensure we have all the support, training and tools to deliver a truly unprecedented service.
“Our foundations are built on transparency, integrity and always doing the right thing for our clients, even if it is to our detriment. Understanding these core values sets us apart.
“At Hayman-Joyce we handle residential sales, lettings, auctions, commercial, professional valuations and new homes, fulfilled by our team of 23 local professionals.
“I’ve spent most of my life in the Cotswolds, except for seven years selling property in London. Outside work I love spending time with my wife and daughters, enjoying the wonderful family life the Cotswolds’ offers.”